King County STEM Partners

King County STEM Partners

Gilda Wheeler
Washington STEM


In King County, Washington STEM brings educators, business leaders, STEM professionals, philanthropists, and community leaders together to support STEM learning from an early age and to open career pathways. Our work in this region is defined by a key group of partners and work areas that focus on Career Pathways and Early Learning.

STEM by the Numbers

Washington STEM’s annual STEM by the Numbers reports let us know if the system is supporting more students, especially students of color, students living in poverty and/or rural backgrounds, and young women, to be on track to attain high-demand credentials.

View the King County regional STEM by the Numbers report here.
For citations and references on this report, click here.

Labor Market Data: In early 2018,Washington STEM, SRP, and King County held a labor market data forum to connect business leaders and educators to support regionally-aligned career connected learning. Washington STEM also developed a comprehensive set of materials educators may use to introduce students to the many career options in our region.

Career Pathways

Career Connect Seattle/King County: Washington STEM serves as a lead partner with Seattle Regional Partnership (SRP) and the King County Workforce Development Council for this $1.6M project to engage business and expand apprenticeship opportunities for youth and adults across the aerospace, culinary, allied health, and construction sectors. This project is one of 11 around the state connecting over 29,000 youth to career connected learning experiences.

Industry-based Design Challenges: Washington MESA and Washington STEM partnered to develop Engineering Fellows, a program that brings engineering professionals and college students into fifth grade classrooms to help students engage with real-world design challenges. Almost sixty educators across the region now engage their students in engineering concepts aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Discover U: Washington STEM partnered with The Roadmap Project to produce a fall STEM Day, bringing STEM career awareness to over 50,000 King County students. Washington STEM developed a classroom exercise exploring STEM careers as well as a campaign highlighting women in local STEM careers.

Regional Workforce Strategy Group: We are members in a strategy group convened by the Mayor and County Executive designed to transform the county-wide workforce system in order to equitably serve King County residents. We serve as a thought partner and chair the measurement and impact committee.

Career Readiness Workshop: With support from Safeco Insurance, Washington STEM teamed up with Teach for America and Washington MESA to create STEM Career Readiness Workshops. The workshops connected students to STEM professionals, helping students master the skills they need to enter their careers with confidence. Washington STEM also developed a playbook to allow anyone to conduct a similar workshop in their area.


Early Math Equity Grants: We awarded grants to Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD), Zeno, and Story Time STEM to focus on equity in early math by producing high-quality resources and service models designed with direct feedback from the communities they serve. The grants generate new insights about what works in early math learning and what additional resources are needed.

Deep Dives – Story Time STEM and Zeno: We partner with Story Time STEM and Zeno to deepen the program model and expand the capacity of these key early learning programs.

Road Map Region Early Math Laboratory: With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington STEM is working with the Puget Sound ESD, University of Washington, and school districts and community-based organizations in South King County on a community-wide approach to early math that focuses on removing structural barriers. Washington STEM shapes strategy as part of the Cross-Agency Core Team and leads the evaluation of the effort.


Advocacy: Our efforts have resulted in funding for career connected learning in King County, a new Washington MESA site at Green River College, funding to support computer science education, and access to scholarships for technical degrees and certificates through Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.

Communications: Washington STEM amplifies the efforts of educators and organizations working to support King County STEM education through media efforts such as the KOMO Teacher of the Month campaign.

Events: Washington STEM holds annual conventions in King County designed to bring leaders in STEM education together to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing STEM education.

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